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Ariel Lefkovits

Education:
Animal Behavior, Franklin & Marshall College, 2013
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2020

Current Position:
Donor and Program Coordinator at SPCA International in New York City, NY.

In what ways do you use your M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) degree in your current position?
I’m currently working on a project related to an advocacy initiative and have been using many of the SPSS syntax skills I picked up in Research Methods. For this same initiative I have also been doing an informal stakeholder analysis, which we worked on in Public Policy Analysis.

What did you like most about the MAPP program?
I loved the environment our professors created, because it allowed us to have interesting dialogues. We were able to dive into issues we were passionate about and have respectful debates. I also appreciated the multitude of opportunities we had to connect with people in our field and experience legislative advocacy in real life, like when our class attended a public hearing hosted by MASS Wildlife.

What were you doing before entering the MAPP program?
Before entering the MAPP program, I worked as a receptionist at an animal hospital for over two years. I also worked as a pet sitter and volunteered at a local animal shelter as a dog walker.

Interests in and experience with animals
I studied Animal Behavior at Franklin & Marshall College, where I had the opportunity to learn about the biological foundations of behavior. I also worked for the ASPCA as an animal caretaker, which was my first real exposure to animal welfare work and to Pit Bulls.

Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective MAPP students?
If you have an interest in legislative advocacy, this program is absolutely worth it. They are always growing and adapting to the feedback left by previous MAPP classes, which has only made the program better with each passing year.

MAPP Capstone Research Project: Exploring the Impact of Breed Type on Human Perceptions of Dog Behavior and Personality

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